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A grocery store worker lines up a row of grocery carts in the snowy store parking lot on Monday  in Cranberry, Butler County, Pa. The Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor of more than 35 million people began shutting down and bundling up Monday against a potentially history-making storm that could unload a paralyzing 1 to 3 feet of snow.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough canned food to get her through. “It’s New England, we gotta expect this,” she said, as schools, government and social agencies and … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the company doesn’t expect last year’s closure of its Greenfield service center … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its target. Franklin County could see as much as 2 feet of snow when it’s over … 0

Gill-Montague approaches preliminary budget, envisions cuts

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The early prognosis for the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget calls for cuts. The district’s business director presented early numbers for the 2015-2016 school year budget at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee. “The elephant in the room is that we’ve … 0

A walk through a derelict mill

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ERVING — Closed for years, the former International Paper Mill is a place of alternating cavernous rooms and confined spaces offering access to vast, empty vats and cold kilns and furnaces. An architectural walk-through this month offered a … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed … 0

Libraries offer STEAM programs for young learners

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

“Science in the Kitchen,” “Machines and Mechanisms with Lego Duplo,” and “Measuring Dinosaurs” are just a few of the upcoming learning programs to be offered to preschoolers from now through March at the Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving and Wendell public libraries, through the Union 28 Community Network For Children. … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Documentary on pipeline compressor stations Jan. 22

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ERVING — A Plainfield videographer’s documentary about compressor stations, like the one planned along Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s proposed route in Northfield, will be screened as part of an informational meeting planned by North Quabbin Pipeline Action on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Erving Senior-Community Center on … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0